British designer Christopher Duffy must really love Pixar's 2009 movie Up. His recent UP coffee table design, in which a handful of gold balloons appear to be the only thing keeping a glass table top afloat, was inspired by the animated film. From a distance, the objects appear to be lightweight and delicate. However, in reality, each one of the metallic balloons is handmade out of glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods.
The complexity of constructing each table means that there are only 20 pieces available for purchase, with an average price of about $9,300. On his website, the artist pairs his table design with this compelling quote by Bob Monkhouse: “Growing old is compulsory, growing UP is optional.”
Duffy's design studio, Duffy London, produces all kinds of playful ideas, including this swing table that will make any table gathering a lot more interesting.